ABC renews 'Scandal,' 'Grey's Anatomy, 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and more - Los Angeles Times

ABC, the only network to have bypassed handing out early renewals for its series, is finally feeling generous.

Returning for the 2014-2015 season are “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” “Resurrection,” “Castle,” “Revenge,” as well as comedies “Modern Family” and “The Goldbergs.”

Among the #soobvious renewals is that for “Scandal.” The buzzy soap starring Kerry Washington didn’t slow in its third season, storyline-wise, or buzz-wise. And it translated in the ratings, with it averaging a 3.0 among the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo and 9 million total viewers. Numbers that increase significantly when DVR viewings over seven days are factored in.

Rhimes’ other addictive soap, “Grey’s Anatomy” will return for an 11th season. The veteran medical drama remains a force on ABC’s slate. This season saw the exit of original cast member Sandra Oh.

Meanwhile, fantasy drama “Once Upon a Time” got a life extension even while its Alice in Wonderland spinoff got the boot earlier in the season. Its third season took a slight dip, averaging a 2.2 among the 18-49 demo on crowded Sunday night.

And newbies “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” survived the cut. The renewal of the “S.H.I.E.L.D,” despite its modest ratings, was not unexpected. And it comes in conjunction with the pickup of another Marvel property and Captain America spin-off “Marvel’s Agent Carter.” As for freshman drama “Resurrection,” the show about dead people returning to life in a small town, has been a strong performer in the demo.

Scandal Star Tony Goldwyn Stunned By 'Obsessed' D.C. Fans | The Daily Caller

Women were all hot and bothered at the “Global Beat” party at the U.N. Foundation last night. With ABC Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn in the room, they couldn’t take their eyes off him. He was the most powerful man in attendance, considering he plays “President Fitzgerald Grant” in the drama.

Men at the party, meanwhile, marveled at how young and svelte he looks. Women in the lobby clamored to get their picture taken with him. “I never do this!” one blonde cooed to him. One journo remarked pointedly that he did not want to meet Fitz. “I don’t like it when people break the fourth wall,” he said. “I like him to remain Fitz.”

Asked how people are reacting to his presence in Washington, Goldwyn told The Mirror, “It’s slightly surreal to be in Washington and have people obsessing over the show,” he said.

I then moved on to a slightly dicier question about the hot sexual chemistry he has with Kerry Washington‘s character “Olivia Pope” on the show. But in the moment, I got flustered and could only call her his “love interest” as I forgot Washington’s real name and TV name. What the hell? I asked if the chemistry was real between them, but before I could fully get my question out, Goldwyn’s assy, short, dark-haired handler was all over it, interrupting me. “It’s call acting,” he snapped with a wormy fake laugh as he attempted to pull — more like yank — Goldwyn away. Goldwyn was more polite. He wasn’t bothered by my question and said simply, “Shonda Rhimes put the right people together.”

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This Summer, the smash hit US show Scandal finds its new home on Sky Living HD.

Season 3 will get its UK premiere in the coming months, and you can gorge on seasons 1 and 2 right now On Demand.

Scandal follows the twists and turns of crisis manager, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington: Ray, Django Unchained) and her team of lawyers, hackers and political insiders. 

Olivia, a former media consultant to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm and now dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite and keeping their secrets under wraps.

In season 3 fans of the show can look forward to Olivia and her team facing their biggest scandal to date with a surprising allegiance being formed in order to get things handled.

New Year’s tweets from Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn.

For those curious - Google tells me that “Afo gbara aka laa o!” is an Igbo (Nigerian) saying performed as part of a ritual to transition into the new year meaning “May the year go without a mishap!” Or technically “May the year leave empty-handed.”